In full honesty and transparency, because it’s important in life and in running, I had a terrible week. Ok, so I had a terrible running week. Like seriously, zero miles. I went to kettlebell class and that was it. I was in an intensive certificate program for 8 hours a day, then doing my own work, commuting, had evening commitments, and was trying to read each night for class the next day. The classes were awesome! But… I averaged 5 hours a sleep for the whole time. It was rough.

A bright spot though, I did homebase for ARRC on Saturday, which meant I got to see all my running peeps, even if I wasn’t out on the hills with them.

I’m going to try again. Even though my schedule says 26 miles this week, I will be happy if I can hit 18-20, given how the past two weeks have been. It’s all you can do sometimes, try again in the morning, step by step.


I grew up in Colorado, where it takes hours to drive to another state. So when I went to college in Philadelphia, and then moved to DC, I love the fact that I can run through 3 states (ok, 2 states and a district) in a morning. Philly is only 2-3 hours, and New York City is 4-5 by bus/car/train. Which means, Read More →

New Shoes

This past week has been crazy, and this week ahead is going to be positively nuts. I’m trying to be optimistic, but has been so much going on at work. This week I’m actually in an intensive professional development certificate program- I got pulled from the waitlist on Thursday. So posts this week maybe a little light because I’m writing them in between class, reading for class, and the other things already on my evening calendar.


This week was the first week of the running schedule. Suffice it to say, it did not go as planned. I got most of my mileage in, but not really on the planned days. I ended up not running Monday or Tuesday, but did go to kettlebell class on Monday. I ran 4 miles in my neighborhood instead of 2 on Wednesday- with my new shoes (black Saucony’s!!!). Thursday was 2 miles on the treadmill and an hour spin class (just over 20 miles). Friday was my off day, which given the week, I really needed. Long run Saturday with ARRC for 7.5 miles (a little by myself and just over 6 with the group) and then right to class. And a short 2.5 miles on Sunday. So instead of the planned 18 miles, I hit 16 miles.


While I’m disappointed since it was the first week, I was still close to my goal, and it won’t have long-term impacts. I will pick myself up and try again this week- 20 miles over 6 days. All of my runs will have to be in the early morning since I have 8 hours of class each day, and either a class activity or a previously scheduled commitment on my calendar, evening running is off the table. So time for early alarms, and a commitment to actually getting out of bed. Hmmm, I may have to move my alarm clock.